Future of D'Andrea Golf Course Unclear

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SPARKS, NV - The D’Andrea community is not giving up its golf course. During a community meeting Wednesday night, people packed Marvin Moss Elementary School to see what will happen to the beloved golf course, which closed in 2012.

In April, five of six parcels were supposed to be auctioned off by Washoe County in a tax sale, but the deal didn’t include the clubhouse. Homeowners appealed to Washoe County to include all six parcels, in an effort to get the best price to pay back taxes.

D’Andrea’s official owner, Will Gustafson, has mentioned in the past an idea to turn the clubhouse into a banquet hall. But no official paperwork was ever submitted. According to the D’Andrea community handbook, the property can’t reopen as a restaurant or other business, unless a zoning amendment is granted.

City officials say some buyers have expressed interest in reopening D’Andrea as a golf course. Some residents asked if the city will step in. Sparks Mayor Geno Martini said it doesn’t make sense for the city to purchase a golf course at a time when it is still suffering the effects of the recession.